Lord, Teach us to Pray:
“Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1).
Can you imagine what it must have been like, to have been one of Jesus’ disciples, to have watched Him pray? It must have had a great impact on them, because after they watched Jesus pray one day, they came up to Him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” If you want to learn how to pray, you would do well to go to Jesus and say, “Lord, teach us to pray.” That has been my request, and as I have been praying, and seeking God’s face, and reading His Word, and studying books on prayer, I have been learning so much. Let me share one quote with you from this book by Andrew Murray, a classic work on prayer:
“The disciples had learned to understand something of the connection between Christ’s wondrous life in public and His secret life in prayer. They had been with Him and had seen Him pray… And so they went to Him with the request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In later years they would tell us that there were few things more wonderful or blessed that He taught them than His lessons on prayer… Jesus has opened a school in which He trains those of His redeemed ones who especially desire to have power in prayer. Enter it with the petition, “Lord. This is just what we nee to be taught. O teach us to pray.” (With Christ in the School of Prayer)
One of the first things Jesus taught His disciples about prayer was, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6). Prayer is about getting alone in the secret place, getting alone until you’re not alone anymore, and beginning to commune with your loving Heavenly Father.
Today’s devotional a shorter one, so I encourage you to use the extra few moments to get on your knees and talk to God. Why don’t you do that right now, before you do anything else in your day? Just take two minutes and talk to your heavenly Father. Jesus is saying to you right now, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20). Do you hear the voice of God calling you to prayer? If you do, then open the door to Him and spend some time with Him today, in Jesus’ name.
Pastor Chris Jordan